Tobey Maguire in Celebrity Jeopardy

December 14, 2009

Tobey Maguire is attached to star in a new film that's a "true" story about a man who tries to "master" Jeopardy but falls in love instead. Doesn't really sound like typical Maguire fare, as he usually takes on stranger stuff. But maybe Spider-Man deserves a chance to fall in love, too.

Pajiba tells us that the writer of The Hoax, William Wheeler, wrote the script (called Prisoners of Trebek), and that:

Maguire is attached to star in the film, which is about a man who attempts to master Jeopardy, but ultimately finds himself and falls in love. It’s based on a true story... Not much more is known about the film, except that it will be a heartstring-playing pic with elements of a Charlie Kaufman film. Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, 2012) is producing, and the search is on for directors.

You have to give him credit, at least he's chosen a rom-com that takes the cute antics outside of the typical confines of cafe, support groups, weddings, etc. Maybe this will be kind of like Magnolia meets Quiz Show. I can get behind that.

It's been awhile since we've seen Maguire in more mainstream movies like this, he seems to genuinely seek a challenge in his work. Brothers was evidence of this, and other than Spider-Man he doesn't seem to pack his schedule too full.

Here's hoping this isn't just another dull rom-com, and that Maguire can bring his original voice to make this distinct from the other zillions of rom-coms coming our way.

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